Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers

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9781905785476: Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers

Island of the Setting Sun is the story of the sophisticated and enigmatic people who lived in Ireland around 6,000 years ago: the megalithic builders of the Stone Age. Archaeologists have been probing their building sites over the last fifty years, uncovering carvings, artifacts and dating materials that answer many questions about the people, yet pose even more about their purpose and genesis. This updated and revised second edition of this lavishly illustrated book presents evidence demonstrating that the builders of monuments such as Newgrange and its Boyne Valley counterparts were adept astronomers, cunning engineers, and capable surveyors.

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Anthony Murphy is the editor of the Drogheda Leader. A photographer, graphic artist and avid amateur astronomer. Richard Moore (49) is an artist, working mainly in oils and acrylics, who has been painting the ancient sites of the region for 25 years. He has exhibited at the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre and the headquarters of the Department of Heritage in Dublin among other venues. Some of his works are owned by, among others, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and media magnate Dr. A.J.F. O'Reilly.

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"Who but I knows the place where the Sun sets? Who but I knows the ages of the Moon? What land is better than this island of the setting Sun?" Amergin - astronomer and poet, 1694BC" --1694bc

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